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    Member Since February 2017

    Toby B Pro-red@3x

    Aromas, California 

    I like to walk far, mostly with my dogs

    Favorite Activities

    backpackingcampinghikinghorseback riding

    Recent Activity

    Toby B saved Vulcan Steps

    about 1 month ago

    Toby B saved Uvas Canyon Waterfalls

    3 months ago

    Toby B saved China Hole Trail Loop

    3 months ago

    Toby B reviewed Loop and Tan Oak Trail

    4 months ago

    This is a good loop for families with kids, especially convenient from the Tan Oak Campground. It is a nice, winding single track (not too much of that in this park, so a big plus) through some redwoods and a lot of mixed oak/other hardwoods. Fun places to build stick houses and explore in the undergrowth, and I didn’t notice too much poison oak. Not too much elevation gain or loss, easy, simple, and enjoyable. Take Lower Miller trail to the ruins of the old cattle baron’s summer home if you can handle a little more- it really does not add very much, and kids will love it!

    Toby B reviewed Mt. El Sombroso via Woods Trail

    4 months ago

    This is a fire road that can get a little hot in the summer months, but I love it in the winter and spring. The views from the peak are not super incredible—in fact, El Sombroso is not much of a peak, especially compared to nearby Umunhum, but this is an enjoyable hike nonetheless. Dogs are technically not allowed in this side of the preserve, but i have brought mine and had no issues. I have done this hike in combination with Umunhum and Bald peaks— it was about 21.5 miles but not too rough, and I really enjoyed it.

    Toby B reviewed Mount Umunhum

    4 months ago

    Mount Umunhum has some incredible views of the South Bay Area and this trail is one of the nicest and best maintained I have ever hiked. It is graded and switchbacked so nicely it never even felt like I was climbing! It is also shaded and has a few lovely creek crossings. This trail is so easy that I prefer to park at the Hicks/Umunhum Rd lot and hike the full 16 miler. Great trail running route. Wear layers— I was freezing at the summit!

    Toby B reviewed Bald Mountain

    4 months ago

    This is a short out-and-back from a nearby parking lot to a small, non-descript peak; I like the view from here more than from El Sombroso, and it is worth checking out and enjoying if you are hiking in the area or just driving up to the Umunhum summit. There is a bench which is a nice, warmer, and less crowded place to sit and have lunch than up on Um as well.

    Toby B reviewed Bald Mountain

    4 months ago

    This is a short out-and-back from a nearby parking lot to a small, non-descript peak; I like the view from here more than from El Sombroso, and it is worth checking out and enjoying if you are hiking in the area or just driving up to the Umunhum summit. There is a bench which is a nice, warmer, and less crowded place to sit and have lunch than up on Um as well.

    Toby B reviewed Mount Umunhum Trail via Woods Trail

    4 months ago

    5 stars for the Mt. Umunhum trail alone, it really is just so beautiful and well-built. Definitely worth the wait for it to open. This forest is so healthy and diverse! I love it especially in the winter and spring, when the weather is cooler and the wildflowers emerge. The rest of this park is well-maintained fire roads; this route is probably my favorite in the preserve for hiking and running. It certainly doesn’t feel like 16 miles, though Barlow Flat is a bit of a butt-kicker. It was freezing at the summit in the winter; wear layers! When you come down from Umunhum, cross the street to the other parking lot and check out Bald peak, I think it’s worth it and only adds ~2 miles to your trip.